Rumor-blaster: The iPhone 13 is NOT a satellite phone

Apple's deal with Globalstar, say experts, is for terrestrial calls, not near-earth orbit calls.

From Sascha Segan:

My take: Segan, who heads up mobile coverage at PCMag, knows his stuff. Others have come to the same conclusion. See, for example, Robert Graham's "No, the iPhone 13 will not talk to satellites" and @spacanpanman's "Some thoughts on Kuo's iPhone 13 LEO connectivity rumors."

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  1. Ralph McDarmont said:
    I grew up with dial phones. They sent clicks. Who needs a satellite phone feature? That’s absurd. As a very long term AAPL investor I would be very disappointed if a dime was spent on this idea. Hey Tim, fire a few people.

    August 30, 2021
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    not near-earth orbit calls.

    Just as I thought (see earlier post/thread).

    August 30, 2021
  3. Satellite communication is already in all phones. GPS. Iridium and Inmarsat handsets are less expensive than most iPhones but of course lack the functionality. Satellite communication GPS/sat radio is already pre-installed in all motor vehicles. If I lived in Africa, South America, Pacific Rim or rural Asia and it was affordable, I would like a phone capable of using orbital platforms. The rumor took off because, unlike Level 5 AEVs, it’s possible now. Someone will do it, especially after today…

    August 30, 2021

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